Actor Adam Rodriguez and Chivas Regal hosted an event at the 1801 Club in NYC on Nov. 19. The event was one of several in which Adam will help to kick off the second season of 1801 Clubs throughout the United States.
rootshed.com was able to sit down with Adam for a moment to discuss how this came to be. Entering the room, one notices that he’s dressed impeccably in all black with a red pocket square and sporting his signature grin. He chivalrously pulls out two chairs and as he sits down, the conversation flows easily:
Adam tell me, what’s your favorite drink?
“The old fashioned. Partly because of the history, I also like bitters and it has some in it. But the old fashioned is actually the first cocktail ever [made]. If you ordered a cocktail at one time, that is what you got. “The man,” “The original,” so I like it for that, but also the taste. I was so surprised when I sat down about two weeks ago with [the bartender], we had about two hours out in LA and I was really blown away. I’ve always been a scotch drinker, but always on the rocks, or straight up, I didn’t realize you could make all these cocktails with scotch. As I started to learn about the different flavors and how they’re blended, it’s pretty amazing. Personally, I drank vodka at one time, but I don’t really like it anymore because no matter what you mix it with it always tastes the same. With scotch you can taste the spirit and it compliments the drink so it’s really enjoyable instead of powering through it until you’re drunk.”
Why did Chivas choose you?
“We both put the feelers out on each other, I liked what their brand was representing. I had been approached by other brands, but I wasn’t necessarily interested in promoting just an alcohol, I really wanted to promote something that signified more than that. I love the tenants of this brand; the heritage, the honor, the brotherhood. Those things mean something to me. I’ve got a lot of guys I actually grew up with tonight here at the event and you put a lot of years into developing anything, whether it’s a friendship or a career and over time all of those things mean more and more as the years go by. When I did my homework on Chivas and what John and James did in creating this scotch whisky there was a lot of work and commitment that went into creating a legacy that’s lasted 200 years. That’s something I wanted to be behind, however many years I get to live, I want to be someone who pushed the ball ahead, I want people to say, ‘Hey he actually did his best, he moved the ball forward and because of that he’s remembered and honored.’ A part of that is the relationships you make, the brotherhood. I’ve lived my life that way, so it felt like a natural fit.”
Chivalry is another important quality to the Chivas brand. What does chivalry mean to you? How do you see yourself as being chivalrous in a society that does not necessarily reward it as we should?
“Chivalry goes hand in hand with honor and brotherhood because it requires a commitment to going out of your way to be something more. Something better than average. Honor, brotherhood, and chivalry are qualities we don’t see as often as we should because they require selflessness. You have to put someone else’s needs before your own, whether that means doing what is right is in a difficult situation, sacrificing for friends when it’s not what you might want to do, and for making the effort to be a gentleman in the way you do all of these things. You do what you know how to do and you hope that others are inspired to do the same because they know it’s the right thing for them too.”
It is often said that we are who we surround ourselves with. Do you agree with this?
“My father always said to me, “Show me who you walk with and I’ll show you who you are.” I’ve always had a wide range of friends and there were times when some of these friends might not have represented who I am but when you’re young I think the criteria for friendship is still being learned. The important thing is to pay attention and learn what a real friend is and isn’t. To learn about who you are and what you’re willing to give for your friends as well as what you need you need from a friendship. What we learn from these experiences defines what we need to build a brotherhood with those friends from your youth and the friendships we continue to make throughout life.”
What about your friends keeps you all brothers?
“The things that have maintained a brotherhood among my friends are honesty, sacrifice, communication, support, belief and generosity. Things that aren’t always easy to follow through with, but when you build the kind of trust that these things build, it makes the follow through and work of being a true friend and brother easy. You just can’t imagine being any other way.”
There is a fine line between a true man’s man and a man worthy of the Brotherhood; both smoke cigars, drink fine liquor and are surrounded by beautiful women. The difference being their ability to be humble and have respect for others. In an industry where a lot of “yes men” must surround you, how do you stay strong and not allow yourself to get lost? Who keeps you grounded?
“I think this question plays directly into the previous question about keeping a brotherhood of quality friends. I have never surrounded myself with ‘yes’ men. Although a constant confidence boost is nice, if it isn’t coming from people whose level of sincerity I trust, then it has no value to me. I know what feels right to me and what doesn’t and if I am ever confused about that, I know who I can count on for help and guidance. This is why it is so important to build a brotherhood that is rooted in the things I mentioned above, and it’s why I am so grateful to have the brotherhood of friends that I do.”
What projects are you working on at the moment? How can one get their Adam fix?
“I have the Magic Mike DVD that’s available now and two comedies that…will be released next year. The first one is a romantic comedy with Matt LeBlanc and Ali Larter and the other is a Screen Gems remake of “About Last Night” with Kevin Hart, Michael Ealy, Joy Bryant, and Regina Hall. Both really funny!!!”
To read the more personal questions Adam answered, click here to continue!
To read about Adam’s partnership with Chivas Regal, click here.
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